Life After the Presidency
James Monroe did not seek a third term in office and instead retired with his wife to his estate, Oak Hill, in Virginia. In 1829, he and James Madison were named chairmen of the Virginia constitutional convention. Unfortunately, he was deeply in debt and sold Oak Hill upon his wife's death in 1830. He then moved to New York City and lived with his daughter until his death at age seventy-three on July 4, 1831.